As usual it all starts with a tweet, or actually a couple of tweets:
Then yesterday afternoon we had another White House
press briefing temper-tantrum, where Trump again repeated this argument and claimed that a President has “total authority.”
Trump making claims like that should come as no shock. He’s said that the President can do and get away with anything, and with a Senate lead by blind loyalty, that isn’t far from the truth. But let’s stop and think about this for a moment.
The U.S. Constitution does not give the President power to regulate the economy or commerce within the states. Congress is given power to regulate commerce between the states, but outside of that the Constitution doesn’t really go any further on the issue.
Now think back to civics class. When the Constitution doesn’t address something, what happens? Well we got this thing called the 10th Amendment:
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
It becomes the power of the state or the people to decide. It’s the whole thing called “state sovereignty,” which used to be something Conservatives held close to their hearts.
And if Trump truly believes this, well that means the same “total authority” would also apply to a Democrat in the White House. What would stop a Democrat from declaring gun violence a national security or health issue and then order the police to go out and seize all guns? That President has “total authority,” right?
Oh, but you might be thinking “no, owning a gun is a RIGHT under our Constitution”. Well OK, we do have this thing called the Bill of Rights and owning a gun falls under that. But what else is in that Bill of Rights? The 10th Amendment, or the right to state sovereignty.
The warnings Democrats and some Republicans of letting Donald Trump go unchecked are coming into being. If he attempts to exert this “total authority,” our only salvation will be the courts. If they let this “total authority’ stand, then Democrats now have the power to do whatever they want.
If you’re a Trump supporter and claim to love the Constitution, then you have a real conflict of interest going on there. You better decide very fast who is more important, the man in the White House right now, or the cherished document that defines our Republic.